Summer Science at Home

Science North’s goal is to constantly inspire people of all ages to be engaged with the science in the world around them, even in these challenging and dynamic times. As such, we are excited to introduce to you Summer Science at Home – our new virtual summer camp experience.

CLOSED FOR SEASON


Summer Science at Home will provide children with the opportunity to continue to learn about the wonderful world of science from the comfort of their home.


This activity-based hour held on Zoom takes summer camp in a whole new direction. From building hovercrafts and catapults to creating secret codes with invisible ink, your child will get a chance to experiment, build and tinker with stuff found around the house! After your time is done, we will leave your family with other activities and media to use at your discretion.

Whether in your pajamas or at the picnic table outside, as long as you have an internet connection, you can join in on the fun with Summer Science at Home!

Two programs will be available for your child this summer. During our July program (repeated weekly), your child will have fun with different activities that will explore the various fields of science, technology, engineering and math! Then, beginning August 4, a brand-new set of activities will begin (repeated weekly).


THE DETAILS

  • Hosted by Science North’s highly trained staff

  • Held on the video platform Zoom with your security and privacy in mind
  • One-hour time slot of your choice from Monday to Friday

  • Beginning the week of July 6

  • Available for children ages 7 to 12

  • Delivered in English and French
  • Maximum of 10 participants in each Zoom group

  • Family option available for those with multiple children in their household
  • Additional activities and media to use after each live session

PRICING

5-DAY CAMP — SINGLE CHILD
Members: $90 / Public: $100

5-DAY CAMP — FAMILY OPTION
(Available for families of 2 or more children using the same device)
Members: $117 / Public: $130

4-DAY CAMP — SINGLE CHILD
Members: $72 / Public: $80

4-DAY CAMP — FAMILY OPTION
(Available for families of 2 or more children using the same device)
Members: $93.60 / Public: $104


AVAILABLE TIMESLOTS

  • 9:30am — 10:30am EDT (English)

  • 2:00pm — 3:00pm EDT (English)

  • 10:30am — 11:30am EDT (French)


AGE GROUPS

  • 7 to 8 years old

  • 9 to 10 years old

  • 11 to 12 years old

  • Family group (7 to 10 years old)

    • If you have more than one child, take advantage of our family option aimed at kids 7 to 10. This program will take into account children sharing the same equipment in one house.


AVAILABLE DATES

CLOSED FOR SEASON


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE?

Your child will need to have access to a home computer, laptop or tablet device with internet connectivity. Some of our experiments will require basic household supplies and materials. A list of supplies and equipment will be sent to you two weeks in advance of your program start date.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY WILL BE NEEDED?

You will need a device that can connect to the internet, which can include a computer or tablet. We will be using Zoom for our live sessions. System requirements found here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-requirements-for-WindowsmacOS-and-Linux

WHAT IS ZOOM AND HOW DO I DOWNLOAD IT?

Zoom is an online meeting tool and will be the platform our staff will use to meet and interact with your kids! You can sign up for a free account and download the app at zoom.us. A week before your program begins, one of our staff will be available to do a connection test with you to make sure you and your child are comfortable with the Zoom program and ensure that we can hear and see each other.

HOW DO I CONNECT TO THE LIVE VIDEO ON THE DATES I REGISTERED?

In your registration confirmation package, you will receive a Zoom Meeting ID number as well as a Zoom Meeting Password. You will use the meeting ID as well as the password to join your private group of campers. You will be able to test all of this during your Connection Test the week before your program.

HOW ARE THESE VIDEO CALLS SAFE FOR MY CHILD?

The Zoom account that Science North will use for your program is a private account. Only those participants who have signed up and received a confirmation email with the Meeting ID and Password will be able to join the meeting. Furthermore, our program staff control a 'waiting room' function and must allow each participant to enter the program. This further limits outsiders from joining.

IS PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED?

Our virtual camp experience is a fun and engaging program for your children at home, but we cannot assume responsibility or supervision for your children through the screen! Some parental help may be needed to setup activity stations or supplies before the start of the live portion. There are also some great activities that your whole family can enjoy offscreen after the live portion is complete!

WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND OF YOUR STAFF?

We have a talented group of young people with a passion for both children and science education as part of our crew. Their educational profiles can range from teachers and science graduates to post-secondary students in topics as diverse as speech pathology or physics. We look for people who like children, like science, and enjoy all that Northern Ontario has to offer. All staff must have a current police check for the vulnerable sector.

INCLUSION NEEDS?

We welcome campers with special needs; however, our camps are not able to support all needs. Science North cannot provide a 1:1 staff / child ratio. Please speak with the Science North team to review your individual child's situation prior to registration (1-800-461-4898).

WHAT IF MY CHILD ISN'T THE RIGHT AGE FOR THE PROGRAM I WANT TO REGISTER IN?

This is a great question, and we try to accommodate whenever we can. If your 9 year old niece wants to hang out with her 8 year old cousin, we find a way to make that work. The only place we draw the line is at the younger end of the age spectrum. The camp program is designed for 4 and up; not for 3 year olds.

WHAT IS YOUR STAFF:CHILD RATIO AND AGE GROUP SIZES?

Ratios will be based on criteria set by the Ontario Government in response to COVID-19. We anticipate a ratio of 1:10 (staff:camper) for all camps.

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